Category Archive for: ‘General Woodworking’

What Good is Soft Wood?

What Good is Soft Wood?

Most woodworkers love working with hardwoods because of the wide range of textures, vibrant grain patterns, and colors. But the downside is the expense of these woods, especially some of the more exotic hardwoods. Enter the equally strong and useful softwoods. While colors tend to be limited to cream, yellow or reddish, the coniferous trees produce straight, less expensive materials. …

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Woodcarving 101

Woodcarving 101

As an experienced woodworker, you do have somewhat of a head start over others starting out in the craft of woodcarving. And just as with your niche work, there are more ways than one to create a beautiful wood carving. The woods used in carving vary greatly in hardness and grain, while the tools alternate between simple chisels, knives and …

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Choosing the Right Stain for a Finished Project

Choosing the Right Stain for a Finished Project

The right stain can make or break a project. Choosing the wrong stain for a finished woodworking project can totally ruin the look and feel of your work. The biggest part of choosing the right stain for your completed woodworking jobs is knowing what options are out there and which are suited to what applications. Oil Stains for Woodworkers Oil …

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What Do You Do with Sawdust and Wood Scraps?

What Do You Do with Sawdust and Wood Scraps?

Tossing your sawdust and scraps in the trash isn’t the most environmentally friendly way to declutter. The best strategy is to plan your purchases so you have as little scrap as possible – but no matter how hard you try, you’re still going to have little bits and pieces to offload. If you’re at a loss for ideas, here are …

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What You Should Know About Sustainable Wood

How Sustainable is your Wood?

Wood is a renewable resource, which means it can be grown over and over again – in theory. If you’ve ever tried to grow even a houseplant, you’ll know that a lot of time, energy and resources go into keeping plants alive long enough to see the fruit of your labor. For trees, the time, energy and resource cost to …

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Woodworking Is a Gift You Can Give to Others

Share Woodworking Skills

When you first started working with wood, you likely realized woodworking’s potential when it comes to making gifts. Chances are good that at least someone you know has received one or more hand-crafted items from you. Much of the time, woodworkers rule the holiday season when it comes to one-of-a-kind gifts that will be treasured for years to come. As …

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Are You Doing Your Woodworking Chores?

Are You Doing Your Woodworking Chores Regularly?

For many hobbyists, woodworking chores might not seem that important; for professionals, these tasks are more than just optional. They’re tasks that must be done if the shop’s going to operate efficiently and safely. Even so, some of us can get a bit lackadaisical when it comes to woodworking chores. Below are some of the more significant ones that many …

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Making Beautiful Music with Woodworking

Musical

Woodworking lets you make some absolutely amazing pieces. Whether you make tables from reclaimed driftwood, cabinets with a rich lacquer finish or restored antiques that will be cherished for countless future generations, there’s a beauty found in working with wood that’s hard to replicate in any other medium. Do you sometimes find yourself craving something more, though? If you’ve never …

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Wood Stripping for Woodworkers

Wood Stripping for Woodworkers

As most woodworkers know, stripping wood can be a very nasty business. However, when refinishing older pieces, cleaning wood for reuse or restoring ornate woodwork in an older home, it’s something that must be faced and dealt with. Some professional furniture restorers repeatedly submerge painted furniture or wood in a vat full of chemicals because it’s less expensive and time …

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4 Tips for Better Veneers

4 Tips for Better Veneers

Learning how to veneer wood opens a whole new world of possibilities in woodworking for even experienced artisans. The nearly endless variety of exotic wood species available in veneer can’t be matched. Properly veneered surfaces are just as durable and attractive as solid wood. Even the simplest of projects can become prized heirlooms. Whether you prefer old-school hammer veneering or …

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